Planning a wedding isn’t an easy task at all. If you’ve ever been involved in planning one or if you’re just dipping your toes in wedding planning you know exactly what I’m talking about.
From choosing the venue, finding the right vendors, photographers and videographers to creating the perfect guest list, picking the right clothing, and so on, you have to take care of so many essentials that you’ll have your head spinning for a while after you’re done. However, this isn’t the end of it. Even when you’ve taken care of all the big things, it’s the little ones that are left, and trust me when I say, even though they’re little, they’re equally as important.
When I say big small things, I think of all those things that are there to round everything up and put the finishing touches on all the planning. One such small, yet big thing is the decor. Especially when it comes to the venue you’ll be holding the reception at as well as the tables you’re going to be seating your guests at.
Wedding Reception Decor: A Meaningful Idea
There is a great variety of decor items you can use to beautify and style your wedding venue. Some of them carry some history behind them while others are just there to look good. Of course, both options are just as valid and you should most definitely go with the one that suits you best, but if it just so happens that you’re one who believes in having decor that’s both pretty and has meaning, I have a great idea for you!
Have you heard of the manzanita tree?
A manzanita tree is quite an important decor item you can use at your wedding in a variety of different ways. Its history of use in weddings originates in Dutch culture but has since been dispersed all over the world as a meaningful way to decorate your wedding venue It’s the branches of the manzanita that hold all the importance, but of course, you’ll need the whole tree to get the branches!
You can buy manzanita branches wedding decor at various home decor stores as well as stores that specialize in wedding decor. Since many of the real manzanita tree species are actually endangered and many places find it illegal for you to own one, getting an artificial tree is the next best thing. Quite popular both in Australia and around the Globe, here are a few ways you can incorporate a manzanita tree on your wedding day!
A Magnificent Centrepiece
Definitely one of the most popular ideas when it comes to manzanita branches wedding decor is using your manzanita tree as a centrepiece to place on each table in your wedding venue is both immensely beautiful and thoroughly diverse!
As artificial manzanita trees come in a variety of colours you can really customize your decor and choose a shade that will go with everything else you’ve already set up. Three very popular colours are gold, silver, and white, so depending on the rest of the decor, you can either match it or break the pattern with your manzanita tree. Manzanita centrepieces are elegant all by themselves, so even if you’d like to leave them bare, you won’t be doing anything wrong!
If you do decide to go with decor, however, the list of options is practically endless. From hanging jewels and crystals for an intense, luxurious, and truly magnificent look to flowers, wooden elements, and dried fruits for a more subtle, boho, fairy tale look, a manzanita centrepiece can handle it all. The trees also come in a variety of sizes, so you can adapt your tree to the size of your tables, harmonize everything, and offer your guests a dinner and wedding party they’ll never forget.
A Wishing Tree
If you’d like to really spice things up and introduce some fresh ideas to both your ceremony and the reception you can take a few manzanita trees and use them as wishing trees!
The very first, original, use of manzanita branches was exactly this, a place for guests to leave sweet messages of luck and love for the newlyweds, a token of appreciation the couple will most definitely cherish forever. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, then forget all about a regular guest book, place your manzanita trees at the designated guest greeting area, have some cards and pens lying around, and let your guests hang their lovely words on your tree!
Once everything is done you can either keep the tree as it is or take the cards and place them within a decorative frame, creating a masterpiece of love and support you’ll always look back to and smile. Such wedding mementos are very rare, so be a trailblazer and have that unique wedding everyone will definitely be talking about for a long, long time!
A Stunning Backdrop
This one is for everyone who’d like the designated bride and groom seating area to be a centrepiece of the room itself.
Sure, your table will already be in the middle of the room, but if you’d like to add a bit of magic to it, use your manzanita trees as a stunning backdrop that will look amazing both in real life and in your wedding photos! You can decorate your backdrop manzanitas by hanging delicate silk through their branches and leaving it to fall graciously downward, creating a layered effect and adding some depth to the room.
You can also go with bare trees and unique lighting or you can match your backdrop manzanitas with your table centrepieces and use any of the ideas we spoke of before and many, many more. Either way, you decide to go you can be absolutely sure that your venue will look stunning and even though this trend is well dispersed around the world, your wedding will still be as unique as you are!